Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stick Your Neck Out

Thursdays on the Cre8tive Play blog are all about The Project Bin stamps. I love designing for Denise, the owner/creator of The Project Bin stamps. She is always so kind and encouraging... plus she sends me these amazing stamps to play with. What's not to love about that, right?

The newest stamp set at The Project Bin is Love Your Shellfie.

There are so many awesome sentiments in this set! It truly was a challenge to decide which one to use first.

The turtle makes progress only
when she sticks her neck out.

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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Love Your Shellfie stamped with Memento  Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Pretty in Pink CS and Pa[er Studio Big Stripe Blue/White and Paper Studio Multi-Colored Heart DP and other paper from my scrap file

Embellishments: Heart-shaped Brads from an unknown vendors

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ready Set Go with Some Ugly DP

It's the third Wednesday of April which means it's Ready, Set, Go! day.

What is Ready, Set, Go? It's a challenge idea that my friend Kelly came up with - and she invited Barb and I to join her in the fun. Each challenge (we take turns choosing the theme) is to be a little bit more extreme than the norm... a little more challenging.

This month it was my turn to choose the theme. This is the instructions I gave Kelly and Barb...

While we don't post our cards until April 17th (the third Wednesday of the month) one of the fun features of April is April Fool's day, the day when tricks are played and one never knows quite what to expect. I personally could tell you a prank or two that I played through the years, but we'll save that for another day.

In keeping with the idea of pranks and the unexpected I want you to use two things on your card: the UGLIEST piece of designer paper that you can find in your stash (We have them, right? And we never expected to be asked to use those ugly papers!) and one of the stamps in your collection that has not yet seen ink, at least not by you. It's okay if it's a used stamp you purchased but have not yet used.

Ready? Set? Go!

Here's my card:

Even though it is a  5 1/2" square card, there's so much going on that you hardly see the "ugly" double-sided designer paper, so here it is in all its glory...

Of course, not only were we to use ugly designer paper, we were also to use stamps we'd never inked before. No problem. I have a lot of those (insert embarrassed face).

The little girl is Red Rubber Designs Amelia. The other stamped pieces are all from the October Afternoon All Girl stamp set.

Now, let's head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what they made.

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Stamp Sets: October Afternoon All Girl and Red Rubber Designs Amelia stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Distress Ink (for sponging): Ranger Tattered Rose

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Sahara Sand CS and Rusty Pickle Little Girl, Little Curl double-sided DP

Embellishments: Echo Park Enamel Dots and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Travel the World - Week 15

This is the 15th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...


Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, this is because of its lush greenery and rolling hills. The country receives a lot of rain each year, which keeps the grass green and the plants blooming.

Ireland is known throughout the world for its vast amount of castles. Ireland's history is dotted with wars and violence, so castles were built to protect families from invaders. Today, most of the castles are still standing and some can even be visited by tourists.

The Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Island.

Rotunda Hospital in Dublin opened its doors in 1745. It is the longest-running maternity hospital in the world.

The country’s major exports include food products such as potatoes, lamb and beef. They also export a large amount of zinc, lead, machinery and pharmaceuticals. Their imports include oil, aircraft parts, vehicles, and petroleum gases.

The submarine was invented in Ireland.

Hook Lighthouse (situated on Hook Head at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, in Ireland) is believed to be the oldest working lighthouse in Europe and possibly even the world.

Most Irish people believe that fairies exist. In their culture, fairies have magical powers and bring happiness and great things to families.

Ireland has mounds of dirt that are known as "fairy forts" Legend has it that those who disturb one of these mounds will be riddled with bad luck. These mounds are actually ancient dwellings from the Iron Age.

Croaghaun in Ireland is the second highest cliff in Europe.

The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.

Halloween was derived from an Irish festival called Samhain.

Any person who is born on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is considered to be very lucky.

Only about 9% of people in Ireland have natural red hair, contrary to popular belief.

Ireland is home to what could possibly be the oldest pub in the world. It was opened in 900AD. The bar holds records of every owner since its inception, including when Boy George owned it briefly in 1987.

A law was enacted in 2009 that makes it illegal to be drunk in public in Ireland.

Leprechauns are a huge part of Irish tradition. In Irish folklore, they are tiny men who can fit on top of your shoulder. They are completely harmless, and are believed to have buried numerous pots of gold throughout Ireland.

When children are little, each birthday it is traditional to pick up the child, turn them over and bump their head gently on their birthday cake. The child’s head is bumped once for each year they have lived. It is believed that partaking in this tradition brings good luck and good fortune to the child.

Irish weddings are elegant and large celebrations. Grooms dress in kilts that signify their family’s clan, while brides dress in white to signify their purity. Family members travel far and wide to attend weddings, and the receptions are always massive celebrations involving beer and music.

Funerals are sad occasions in Ireland, but they are very seldom a sad event. Family members use funerals to speak about the deceased life and share memories. Funerals are held in churches, and often include food and drinks. Many churches tried to ban alcohol years ago, but failed in doing so, and now allow alcohol at each funeral and wedding.

The United States White House was designed by Irishman James Hoban who won a competition in 1792 which lead him to creating the building.

I decided to let this Ireland fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Ireland is the third largest tea drinking nation. Statistics show that 1,184 cups of tea on average are drank each year per person. That’s a lot of tea!

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Stamp: Technique Junkies Like a Teacup stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Cucumber Crush CS and DP from the Basic Grey Captive Paper Pad

Embellishments: Glitter Heart Brads from an unknown vendor

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mission Control

The 15th is one of my favorite days each month - because it's reveal day for the Dueling Darlings. This group of stamping friends consists of two groups (the Divas and the Dazzlers) and each month one member of each group serves as hostess. The two hostesses choose a theme together; then they put together card kits to send to their respective group members based on that them. 

This month LJ and Terry S are the hostesses. Their theme is...

Outer Space

I'm a Dazzler so I received the fun kit that Terry S put together, which consisted of the following items...

Images/Sentiments: MFT Space Explorer stamp/die set stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah Solar Crest White and Gina K Base Weight White CS

DSP: MME Blastoff, Echo Park Lost in Space, Photoplay Infinity & Beyond, and Photoplay Intergalactic

Embellishments: Hampton Art Action Wobble, Recollections Star Brads, Recollections Bling, Darice Baker's Twine, and Kaisercraft Wooden Pieces


The upper image is on the action wobble piece, which makes him wiggle.

Here's the inside of my card:

Be sure to go to the other Dueling Darling blogs to see their Outer Space cards, too. You can find a blog list for both the Divas and the Dazzlers in my left side bar.

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The only thing of my own that I used to make this card was some CS - Recollections Blue and SU Crushed Curry. I colored the images with Copic markers.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Congrats on Your New Kit!

I had a sneak peek of the new set at SumMore Fun a few days ago and now it's the REAL DEAL... because Foxy Lady is now available in the SumMore Fun store. And this week (until the 19th), if you purchase this stamp set you'll receive six pieces of 6 X 6" coordinating cardstock with your purchase.

For today's card I cut the kit (baby fox) out with my Scan 'N Cut and popped it up, nestling beside Mama Fox. Of course if you don't own a Scan 'N Cut, you can fussy cut it, or you could also use the masking technique to stamp them on the same piece of cardstock.

Here's a wee peek at the inside of my card:

There are so many possibilities with this stamp set. Just look at the images/sentiments included in it...

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Stamp Set: SumMore Fun Foxy Lady stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU More Mustard CS and Paper Studio Big Stripe Black/White DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Party Time!

I try to make as many birthday cards as I can so I can share them with a local church for their Birthday Card Ministry. Eyelet Outlet made this card super easy and fun to make!

Bright, cheerful, party hats, and birthday greetings...

Let the party begin!

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Here's the inside of the card:

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Eyelet Outlet ProductsEnamel DotsHappy Birthday Washi TapeParty Hat Brads, and Stripe Foil Washi Tape

Stamp Set: Penny Black Birthday Love stamped with Memento Paris Dusk Ink

Papers: Recollections Blue, Red, and 110# White CS

Friday, April 12, 2019

Birthday Wishes

My two favorite flowers are Tulips in the Spring and Sunflowers in the Summer. I love seeing them growing - in other people's yards, since I was not blessed with a green thumb. I love coloring them, too, so I own several Tulip and Sunflower stamps. The one featured on today's card is from the Technique Tuesday Sunflower stamp set.

Sometimes little subtle touches get lost during photography. Take for instance the three little glossy dots on the center of the sunflower. They are almost invisible in the pictures unless you look really carefully. They were created with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Sunflower stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Crushed Curry and Early Espresso CS and American Crafts The Color of Memories DP

Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops and SU Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, April 11, 2019

You Were Meant to Stand Out

Please Note: This is my second blog post of the day. I'd love for you to check out the other one, too - it's a sneak peek of a new stamp set coming to SumMore Fun. You can see it by scrolling on, since it's the post after this one. You can also go directly to that blog post - HERE.

Dr. Seuss was s wise man when he said...

Why fit in when you 
were born to stand out?

I'm so glad that quote is part of The Project Bin's Spencer's Set! And good news! Throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Denise has a special going on - Spencer's Set is half price (a bargain at $5) or free with a $60 order.

The embossed heart (upper right corner) is the die from The Project Bin's In My Heart set. I stamped all over it with Versamark Ink and added WOW Fizz Embossing Powder to it.

Be sure to come back to my blog next Thursday, when I plan to share a card made with the newest stamp set from The Project Bin - Love Your Shellfie.

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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Spencer's Set stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Die: The Project Bin In My Heart

Embossing Powder: WOW Fizz

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and Paper Studio B/W Gingham DP

Embellishments: Ink Road Flat Gems

Feeling Foxy

This is an exciting week. There's a new stamp set coming! Foxy Lady will be in the SumMore Fun online store tomorrow. Today, I have a sneak peek of this set for you.

Isn't she the sweetest looking fox?

Feeling Foxy is just one of the sentiments in the set... and there are other images, too.

The Foxy Lady stamp set will be available in the SumMore Fun store tomorrow and Sabrina (the owner of SumMore Fun) announced that six sheets of the 6 x6" matching cardstock will be included with every order of the Foxy Lady stamp set from April 12-19. That's pretty exciting!

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Stamp Set: SumMore Fun Foxy Lady

Papers: Fun Stampers Journey Pumpkin Bread and Recollections Black and 110# White CS and Pink Paislee Captivating DP

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

My Refuge and Strength

The Bible Art Journaling group on SCS, led by Julie, has a monthly theme to guide a Bible Journaling entry. This month's theme is Refuge. I had already journaled several of the Refuge-themed verses in my journaling Bible and I'm not quite ready to move on to a new Bible, so I had to dig a bit before deciding what verse/passage to journal. 

But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.
Psalm 59:16-17

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Stamp Set: My Favorite Things You're So Tweet stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White CS, DP from my scrap file, and music from a 1956 Baptist Hymnal

Embellishment: Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Travel the World - Week 14

Note: this is my second blog post today. If you're here to see my Three Musketeers card either keep scrolling (it's the next blog post) or go HERE.

This is the 14th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...


Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in western Africa. It borders seven countries: Libya to the North East, Chad to the East, Nigeria and Benin to the South and South West, Senegal and Mali to the West and Algeria to the North West.

Niger is on the border between Sahara and Sub-Sahara region.

The Niger River (the third largest river in Africa) gives the countries of Nigeria and Niger their names. Unlike the Nile River that is unclear, the Niger is clear over the whole course. This is attributed to an absence of silt.

The river floods annually, the flooding season begins in September and ends in May.

Greeting is very important in Niger  Most people will take offense if you don’t greet them before starting a conversation. And of course, typical greetings are elaborate, and go beyond just saying “hello!”. 

Women avoid eye contact with men. This is especially so in public.  A woman who makes eye contact with men in public is viewed as irresponsible.  And a man deliberately seeking to see a woman’s eyes is courting trouble.

Niger is one of the poorest nations on the earth. 

Niger's average life span is 45 years.

Millet is a great crop when it comes to surviving harsh and dry conditions. This is why millet does well in Niger and thus its main staple food.

The official language of Niger is French, but the country has eight languages that are also classified as national languages; these are mostly the ethnic languages of the groups associated with the language.

Mt. Greboun is the highest point in Niger. It stands approximately 6,379 feet tall.

The main agricultural export of Niger is peanuts; the second largest is cotton.

A mere one percent of Niger’s total surface area is under forest cover.

Niger is considered one of the hottest nations. It is known as the “Frying Pan of the World.”

Horse Racing and Camel Racing are popular in Niger. The country's men spend a lot of time on horses and camels as they travel and herd their cattle and other livestock. Nonetheless, the racing activities are quite entertaining and a great way to have fun and enjoy your holidays in Niger.

It is rare, almost impossible to see women drinking alcohol or smoking. Women who drink alcohol and/or smoke are viewed by most as prostitutes.

In Niger, there are a number of things you can “say” without actually voicing them. For example, you don’t need to verbalize, “You are lying!”  You only need to flick your nose with an index finger.

Ninety percent of the country’s workforce is engaged in Agriculture whilst industry and commerce employ 6% of the workforce, and the government employs the remaining 4% of the citizens.

The nation is a secular state with the separation of religion and state guaranteed in the constitution. The most dominant religion practiced in Niger is Islam, with about 80% of the population identifying themselves as Muslim.

I decided to let this Niger fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Punctually is usually appreciated. But late arrival, especially in the rural areas, is not frowned at.  Appointments are made loosely (only business appointments have time fixtures) and even these are not usually kept.

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Stamp Sets: Our Daily Bread Time and Taylored Expressions Tick Tock stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with SU White Embossing Powder

Inks (for background): Ranger Oxide (Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, and Lucky Clover)

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU bordering Blue CS and Fancy Pants Designs Energy DP

Embellishment: Making Memories Ribbon